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(Masters of the Shadowlands #13.5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,868 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Z’s day begins with sadness

A phone call from a dying friend leaves psychologist Zachary Grayson determined to fulfill the old survivalist’s request--a send-off that will comfort his grieving sons.

And then turns deadly

The death threat is only the beginning…because the letter isn’t a hoax. Z walks out of his office into a barrage of bullets. He can take being shot at, bu

Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by VanScoy Publishing Group
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Mako had been a master of war, but he’d known love was the strongest force in the universe.

Defiance was essentially a transition novella that introduces four brand new characters that will launch a new series from the queen of BDSM. It really had the perfect combination of things; a visit to one of my favorite Shadowlands couples, Master Z and his kitten, a cameo by one of my favorite sadists, deVries, and a suspenseful plot that introduces 4 intriguing new characters in a bra
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
I don’t think you can ever have too much of Master Z and his kitten, as a fan of MotS I was delighted to read more little snippets from their life in this novella set to introduce brand new characters for an upcoming spin-off of the Shadowlands, albeit more mainstream oriented than the BDSM series: Sons of the Survivalist.

We get to peek into Zachary and Jessica’s lives with their little girl, meet briefly with DeVries (from Dark Haven series) and 3 of the 4 brothers from the new series as Master
Don't get me wrong, mediocre Cherise Sinclair is better than no Cherise Sinclair.

It doesn't make me happy to say that this barely scraped to a three star, AND IT HAS MASTER Z!

This is a transition novel using the eloquent, masterful, savvy, sexy...I'm going to stop now...Master Z, the sub Whisperer, from the Shadowlands series. Master Z and cute Jessica, but the effort was phoned in.

Had to laugh when their 18 month old daughter runs around naked after her bath. I guess the apple doesn't fall far
Maria Dimitrova
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-smut
A new book from my favourite erotica writer? Gimme! It's a good thing I follow this author on Facebook or I might have missed this little gem. It's a bridge novella that introduces us to the characters of a new contemporary series through the eyes of two of the most beloved characters of the Masters of the Shadowlands series.

This is more a treat for the long-time readers and a way to whet our appetites for this new endeavor. I'm actually quite curious to see how Ms. Sinclair will handle a non-BD
“I am yours as much as you are mine.”

Defiance by Cherise Sinclair was a mesmerizing erotic novella with an emotional payoff like no other. Fans of the incredible Masters of the Shadowlands series will be absolutely THRILLED with diving back into Master Z and Jessica’s life. Like many other fans, this couple will forever be a favorite of mine, and I was glad that Ms. Sinclair chose them to bridge the gap to a brand-spankin’ new series! I’m so eager and excited for what’s to come!


DEFIANCE is a novella set in the Masters of the Shadowlands world. It’s about Z and Jessica, one of the most important couples that we have previously seen in the series. What’s interesting about this novella and I think makes it worth picking up is the fact that it’s a transition book for Sinclair’s new series, which will be set in Alaska.

Another reason to check out this book is the fact that although it’s just a novella, it handles some pretty heavy stuff. That’s one of the things I love
Not a strong as most of her books.
It was reasonable, although I'm not a bdsm or dom-sub fan usually. But luckily there wasn't too much of that in this novella. It's a kind of crossover from the Masters of the Shadowlands into the new series Sons of the Survivalist, which is why I read the novella. I've only read two or three Shadowlands books, but I'm going to give the new series a try, because I quite liked the author's pnr series The Wild Hunt Legacy. I like her writing style, just not the bdsm stuff.

So this one was not too ba
Cécile Smits
YES! I adore anything written by Cherise and when i heard this one was coming? I went straight to my iBooks and pre-ordered. Because if it’s written by Cherise,i know i’m going to love it!

Catching up with Z and Jessica was great,even if there was a threat hanging over Z’s head. More to the point,someone was out for his life. And when his good friend Mako dies,leaving his 4 sons behind,he decides to take that threat with him to Alaska,where the funeral will be. He orders Jessica to stay at her pa
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What a way to introduce a new series! Cherise Sinclair is starting a new group of books about four young men raised as brothers -and to let readers get to know them, she sends Master Z, the owner of the Shadowlands, to Alaska to arrange for their adopted father’s funeral.

But Zachary Grayson, aka Master Z, is dealing with his own problems-someone wants him dead. And for once, Z’s smooth approach to life is ruffled because he doesn’t want to frighten his wife, Jessica, with the truth. But Jessica
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Master Z, te adoro! I'm your worshipper, oh most magnificent male!

Please, Ms Sinlcair, we need more of him, seriously.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great time reading this book. I feel like I’ve missed time with Master Z & Jessica. Master Z finds himself a stalker in the form of a disgruntled ex marine. We learn that a very close friend of zacks has passed away in Alaska. He agrees to take care of all the arrangements while leaving Jessica &Sofia under personal protection. Being the obedient (wink) sub that we’ve come to love Jessica’s (who has no idea about the danger) idea is to console her husband. Jumping a flight to join z she h ...more
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I hate to write this review, because Cherise Sinclair is one of my three favourite authors. I was really excited when I opened this months newsletter and found out this book was out, since there had been no previous clues about us getting another Shadowlands book yet, so I immediately snapped it up and read it in a few hours, since it is only short. However, I personally felt like this book was missing something. The writi
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I could resume my review with two words: must read.

Cherise Sinclair never fails to deliver a rainbow of emotions. This book almost ends the series as it started... with the hero every woman wishes to have in real life... Master Z. But every woman can relate to the heroine, Jessica. But it goes further. Plot and writing style just do it for me. Shadowlands is about Dons and submissives but what makes it special to me is that heroes are not alpha assholes like I generally read elsewhere. Cherise S
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YES!! This book was a great sneak peak at one of my favorite Shadowlands couples. Getting to hang with Master Z, Jessica and baby Sophia was the best. It made me remember why I fell in love with this series to begin with!!!

Master Z is so happy
The BookChick
I have read reviews from others claiming that they didn't like the story or that it was lack luster. I honestly have to disagree with their assessments. Although this story presented a much different Master Z, I loved the feel of humanity in this story. In the other books, he was the all powerful Dom who had a finger on the pulse of everything. Yet, in this book, he was the vulnerable one and other people had to support him. Also, the introduction to the brothers in the new series was a great wa ...more
E.G. Manetti
I love Z and Jessica, so any book with the two of them is a solid three-stars. This wasn't so much about them as setting up the 'Sons of the Survivalist' series, and as such, was a bit thin overall. ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary book that is the bridge to a new series that is going to be set in Alaska.

So what makes it so extraordinary? Well Zachary Grayson is the main character and the book does not take place in the Shadowlands. We get to see Master Z in his real life job, dealing with real life problems including having a stalker who wants him dead and an old friend who is dying who asks him for a final request. One of those things has him breaking a promise he and his wife Jessica made when they mar
2,5 stars

Very quick read revisiting Master Z and Jessica while introducing the characters of a new series to come.

If I liked the cameo and found the new protagonists interesting the suspense plot kind of fell flat.
Sandra R
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novella. It was well written as usual from this author and you could read it as a stand alone. However, it helps if you've read the shadowlands series as the H/h in this story have been in every one of those books. This novella is setting up the next series from Cherise, as there are points of view from the hero starring in the next book, as well as Jessica and Master Z. I am looking forward to reading the first of those which will be out in January next year. As to this story, it ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Maste Z

Short but so good, filled with love, action and great characters.
The storyline is good building up nicely and ends slowly, just how I like it to be.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
Good dialogues
Love scenes is hot but also sweet

I must say Sinclair has a way of teasing us with new characters that will have their own story. Can’t wait for the brothers to find their happy ever after.

Excellent afternoon read that you don’t want to put down.

5 stars 🌟
Another winner from Cherise Sinclair. And you can't go wrong with a story about Z and Jessica. Ever. There is something so special about their chemistry that rolls over you like your favorite reading blanket. There is intrigue, suspense, scary parts (!), and our ever favorite D/s relationship issues. Everything about this story makes me just so shivery. I love that we are introduced somewhat to characters that will be in the authors new series and that we get even more about Zachary's back story ...more
Deb B
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love, love, love reading Cherise Sinclair's works. Brilliant writing, thoroughly engaging with some of the best characters and stories that I have had the pleasure to read not only in this genre but across the board. This is essentially a crossover to introduce the new Survivalist series but there was plenty of action between Jessica and Z and I also enjoyed the cameos with DeVries. Very much looking forward to the new series ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous little check in with Master Z and Jessica. It was simple and sweet, yet still had the edge and the steam that are associated with a Masters of the Shadowlands read and was just long enough for a quick coffee break. You do not have to have read the Masters of the Shadowlands books to appreciate this novella, but it might help to know the characters a little bit better.
Ginny Rose
Master Z and Jessica are my favorite Shadowlands couple, so this was just what I needed.

In addition, we get a peek of a new series about four brothers who are alpha, protective and dominant. I seriously cannot wait for this.

Another author who is giving me a reason to visit Alaska.
Z has picked up a dangerous stalker, lost an old friend, and is heading to Alaska to set up a farewell party for his friend’s sons and fellow friends. However, instead of explaining all of this to his wife Jessica, he pretends he’s in control and goes about his business not expecting her to disregard his instructions in favor of meeting his emotional needs. Of course, danger follows and now everybody is involved in trying to capture the stalker.

Rather then read the series straight through, I te
Big Joe  Rossi
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cherise Sinclair is the BDSM Queen. In this shortish novella we are back to the beginning again as the story centers around Z and Jessica.

As Z is leaving work he is handed his mail and learns he has a death threat. It reads as serious. When he goes to leave intent to stop by the station house to inform them shots ring out, his window shield hit, he is hit. What really throws him is one bullet hit his daughter's car seat. Making things to real. The what ifs?

Once finally home he is about to talk
Short and sweet with a smidge of sexy. Not the usual super sexy Shadowland story but that’s okay. This story is a bridge from the Shadowlands to her next series, Sons of a Survivalist. I am curious to see where that goes.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
The characters go to Alaska, an amazing and beautiful place but not one mention is made of the scenery and splendor of the beautiful state? We are talking soaring mountains, ice blue glacier ice, miles of open tundra... but nope the majority of this story takes place indoors. Seriously, why even bother with taking it to Alaska? So many opportunities for kinky fun in the last frontier but nada.

I love Z and Jessica but I thought their usual spark and chemistry was AWOL. They have been together lon
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s renowned for writing heart-wrenching romances with laugh-out-loud dialogue, alpha males, and absolutely sizzling sex.

I met my dearheart when vacationing in the Caribbean. Now I won’t say it was love at first sight. Actually since he stood over me, enjoying the view down my swimsuit top, I might have been a tad peeved—as well as attracted. Bu

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